The MEASURE Evaluation Project and the Health Policy Project, together with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), are pleased to share a recently published systematic review entitled “Transforming Gender Norms, Roles and Power Dynamics for Better Health”. Click here to read the full report: http://www.healthpolicyproject.com/pubs/381_GPMIndiaSummaryReport.pdf.
With funding from the Asia Bureau at USAID, the authors undertook a systematic review of the impact of gender-integrated programs on health outcomes. The report presents comprehensive and up-to-date evidence showing how gender-integrated programming influences health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: in particular, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health; HIV prevention and the AIDS response; gender-based violence; tuberculosis; and universal health coverage. The findings are primarily intended to inform the work of government officials, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and other key stakeholders involved in health programming in India, as well as other low- and middle-income countries around the world.
The review found gender-aware programs generally improved health status, health behaviors, and health knowledge. Transformative programs typically went further, shaping gender-equitable attitudes, increasing the frequency of joint decision making by men and women, and increasing women’s self-confidence and self-efficacy. Notably, only 45% of evaluations of gender-aware programs reported achieving gender-related outcomes and just two (of 146) evaluations examined the added value of gender integration to achievement of health outcomes
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Jessica Fehringer, Ph.D. | Gender Portfolio Manager
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